[shahr-trooz, -troos; French shar-trœz]
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  1. an aromatic liqueur, usually yellow or green, made by the Carthusian monks at Grenoble, France, and, at one time, at Tarragona, Spain.
  2. (lowercase) a clear, light green with a yellowish tinge.
  1. (lowercase) of the color chartreuse.

Origin of Chartreuse

1865–70; < French, after La Grande Chartreuse, Carthusian monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur is made Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of chartreuse

  • At last he condescended to serve the brothers two glasses of Chartreuse.

  • "Coffee and chartreuse," he said to the waiter, when we had finished.


    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Chartreuse is the unsolved enigma of French compounders of liqueurs.

  • "It's the chartreuse that's lacking," commented Caraher, lowering at Annixter.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • It bulged in the middle, and had a chartreuse rind with heliotrope spots on it.

    Cum Grano Salis

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for chartreuse


  1. either of two liqueurs, green or yellow, made from herbs and flowers
    1. a colour varying from a clear yellowish-green to a strong greenish-yellow
    2. (as adjective)a chartreuse dress

Word Origin for chartreuse

C19: from French, after La Grande Chartreuse, monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur is produced
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chartreuse

type of liqueur, 1866, from la Grande-Chartreuse, chief monastery of the Carthusian order, which was founded 11c. and named for the massif de la Chartreuse (Medieval Latin Carthusianus) mountain group in the French Alps, where its first monastery was built. The liqueur recipe dates from early 17c.; the original now marketed as Les Pères Chartreux. The color (1884) is so called from resemblance to the pale apple-green hue of the best type of the liqueur.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper